|1.||the capacity for understanding; ability to perceive and comprehend meaning|
|2.||good mental capacity: a person of intelligence|
|3.||old-fashioned news; information|
|4.||military information about enemies, spies, etc|
|5.||a group or department that gathers or deals with such information|
|6.||(often capital) an intelligent being, esp one that is not embodied|
|7.||(modifier) of or relating to intelligence: an intelligence network|
|[C14: from Latin intellegentia, from intellegere to discern, comprehend, literally: choose between, from |
intelligence in·tel·li·gence (ĭn-těl'ə-jəns)
The capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, especially toward a purposeful goal.
An individual's relative standing on two quantitative indices, namely measured intelligence, as expressed by an intelligence quotient, and effectiveness of adaptive behavior.